Front Rack Lunge
I saw this as a bumper sticker the other day and the sentiment of it stuck with me. I see this mentality everywhere on social media (and have been guilty of buying into it myself). This idea that we are somehow more successful because we have scheduled and committed every free hour we have to working/meetings/planning committees. When's the last time you did nothing? Or at least something that was fun and not (necessarily) productive?
I could go on, but instead, I'm going to post this link to an article about the benefits of "me/down time" and go hang out and play with my daughter.
By Guy Kawasaki
Our two main metrics for success are money and power, and they drive us to work longer hours, sleep with our phones and tablets, miss important moments with our families and impacts our health. Arianna proposes a third metric for success: thriving. When you thrive, you take care of your health, get enough sleep and do not live to work.
Here are 10 tips from Arianna and Thrive for creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder:
1. Redefine success. There's no prize for working the most hours per week or making the most money. At the end of our lives, we're all about the same amount of dust, so the question is how much joy you've brought into people's lives and how much have you made the world a better place.
2. Avoid burnout. Burnout, stress and depression are worldwide problems. At Arianna's Third Metric conference in 2013, she learned that burnout is not only affecting Americans but also workers in Germany, the United Kingdom, China and the rest of the world. Working harder doesn't necessarily mean better results -- in fact it can have the exact opposite effect.
3. Nurture your well-being. Make time to take care of yourself in terms of exercise, meditation, music, art and family life -- this isn't selfishness, it's good sense. My escape valve is hockey. I play hockey four to five times a week. I also ride a stationary bike and do some yoga four times a week. And I'm not sure all this is enough!
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